Packing for a trip is difficult, but packing for a ski trip can be a daunting task. It can seem impossible to know what you will truly need to enjoy the mountains. Whether you are packing your own ski equipment or renting on arrival, skiing and snowboarding requires a lot of gear! If you are planning to travel to a mountain paradise during Spring Break, here is a list of essentials for spring skiing warm weather.
Ski Jacket: Pack a windproof, waterproof ski or snowboard shell jacket for spring . If you are snowboarder, a longer snowboarding jacket will help to keep snow out.
Ski Pants: Make sure to pack waterproof, vented ski or snowboard pants.
Long Underwear: Non-cotton base layers are recommended for under your jacket and other layers of insulation. Spring skiing weather can be unpredictable to plan for the right amount of layers.
Additional Insulation: Pack a down, synthetic, or fleece jacket or vest for under your ski jacket to provide extra warmth in addition to your shell jacket in case the weather happens to be a little colder. Spring weather can be a challenge being able to find the right balance between cold mornings and sunny afternoons!
Gloves: A good pair of waterproof, thick gloves is essential. Regular knitted gloves or mittens won’t cut it in the snow.
Neck Gaiter: Shield your neck and chin from cold and the sun!
Goggles: Help protect your eyes with ski and snowboard googles from the snow refection and choose a pair that has a venting system so they don’t fog up. Darker lens on googles tend to be best for sunny days.
Helmet: A No Brainer! This is a crucial piece of mountain safety and your safety. Just about everyone wears one these days. If you don’t own a helmet, you can rent one if needed.
Ski Socks: Different from your everyday socks. They are typically made of wool and designed to regulate body temperature and wick away sweat and moisture.
Winter Hat: A good winter hat or beanie will provide extra insulation and covers up your helmet hair so you can easily transition to the hot tub or après!
Sunscreen / Lip Balm: This is crucial when spending a day on the mountain especially in the springs at higher elevations where UV rays magnifies and reflects off the snow. Goggle tans aren’t that cool when you look like Homer Simpson.
Gather up your skis, snowboard, binding, poles and boots! Depending on where you are traveling to or for how long, might determine if you want to bring your own gear or rent ski and snowboard gear.
If you are planning to travel with your own gear, it’s vital to pack it in a padded ski and snowboarding travel bag to prevent damage or broken as they get tossed around during the journey.
Other Items You Might Need:
Sunglasses: They are great for when you’re sitting outside on a bluebird day or for walking around town.
Hand and Toe Warmers: When it’s a really cold day on the mountain, these can be a lifesaver.
Camera: Don’t forget the camera or GoPro! You won’t want to miss out on capturing those action shots.
First Aid Kit: A long day of skiing can make for some pain. It’s good to have a kit on-hand with Advil, also for a possible hangover!
Oxygen: Altitude sickness can put a real damper in your vacation, so upon arrival purchase oxygen. Traveling to higher altitudes can cause altitude sickness because lower oxygen levels. Boost Oxygen provides a great all-natural and safe solution! Stop by one of our retail locations to pick up 95% pure oxygen and feel better if the altitude hits you.
Winter Clothing: Planning on staying at a resort for a couple days, will also require bringing warm winter clothing and snow boots for strolling around town to enjoy après ski and restaurants!
Packing for a ski vacation can be challenging, but hopefully with our list of essentials you can enjoy your time on the mountain and worry less about the items you might have forgotten.
Are you are ski vacation pro? Are there any items you would add to our list?